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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - High Performance Computing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311472

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Advanced Computing, Math & Data

Group: High Performance Computing

Job Description

The High-Performance Computing (HPC) Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a graduate student intern researcher with a strong background in quantum algorithms, quantum software development, quantum machine learning (QML), quantum characterization verification and validation (QCVV) for NISQ devices. The candidate will be expected to perform world-leading research focusing as part of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory within the Codesign Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA).The candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with laboratory personnel in computing and application domains, as well as researchers at collaborating national laboratories, universities, and industry on center activities focused on the development, application, benchmarking, compilation, and optimization of quantum algorithms and software.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities include:

  • Developing quantum proxy applications (including variational algorithms for chemistry, optimization, and machine learning) of interest for benchmarking quantum testbeds

  • Developing quantum abstract machine models and universal qubit models

  • Publish results in highly visible, peer-reviewed venues (e.g., conferences and journals)

  • Interact with internal and external research staff and domain scientists for collaboration purposes

  • Participate in and potentially lead technical presentations on the work

  • Participate in team meetings and potentially interact with funding sponsors

Candidate will need to be able to spend 6-months working with hiring group.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Intern must have completed computer science programming, computer architecture, and/or physics courses and must be familiar with modern programming tools and languages.

Currently pursuing a graduate degree in Computer Science or related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: High-Performance Computing

Opening Date: 2021-01-04

Closing Date: 2021-02-18